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I'm hoping someone can help. The last 2 times I have made anything tomato based (chili and italian sauce) They were both bitter. Any thoughts to what might be causing it? Both times I used canned tomatoes and I have been cooking these things for years without issue.

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Last updated: Feb. 2, 2013 2:44 pm
Posted: Feb. 2, 2013 11:14 am
Answered by: Don
Feb. 2, 2013 11:22 am
Hi, sometimes, some makes of tomatoes seem a bit bitter. I just add atouch sugar, bit by bit to solve. Strangely, sometimes if you add a touch of salt right after you taste first time, it seems to help. hope helps. cheers.
Feb. 2, 2013 11:54 am
I agree with the sugar- all you need is about 1/4 teaspoon, along with a touch of salt. I love making my sauces with fire-roasted tomatoes. You might try switching brands of tomatoes as one reviewer also suggested! Good Luck!
Answered by: foodiemonster
Feb. 2, 2013 11:23 am
Have you tried using a different brand?
Feb. 2, 2013 11:38 am
Are you cooking in an aluminum pot? That will do it. Add in a touch of baking soda.
Answered by: Bibi
Feb. 2, 2013 11:52 am
Add a pinch of baking soda to reduce acid content, and use basil (if you don't already) and a teaspoon of sugar or sugar substitute per can used.
Answered by: Randy
Feb. 2, 2013 11:57 am
I have always added a pinch of Baking Soda for a quick fix. If it is something that has to simmer forn a long time ie: spaghetti sauce, a half of a peeled carrot (something my Granny always did), then just toss it after you are finished simmering your sauce.
Feb. 2, 2013 2:11 pm
i just wanted to say - i love your picture of the pineapple upside down cake- perfect- i made one last week (just like my mama did) and it was a twin to this:-)
Answered by: Buon Appetito
Feb. 2, 2013 2:44 pm
Most of the times the bitterness comes from the seeds of the tomato. Strain the tomato through a double wire mesh strainer. But if all else fails yes a touch of sugar.
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